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Re: “Burlington Councilors Press del Pozo on Police Use of Force

It was because, in a 3-way race (which I don't necessarily have a problem with in theory), he "won" 48% of the vote. Which isn't winning. The majority of Burlington voters voted AGAINST Miro. But he likes to claim the election granted him a "clear mandate" to enact his agenda. He got lucky. Hopefully his robust opposition can coalesce around a strategy next time so the vote against him isn't split.

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Posted by Oleander on 05/16/2019 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Three Arrested After Climate Protest Halts Vermont House Action

Give me an effing break:

"Johnson said that, though she had engaged in acts of civil disobedience herself, Thursday's demonstration had been counterproductive. They were unfortunately not following the rules of the House that allowed reasonable debate to continue within the way we work," she said."

So, basically, civil disobedience should be polite and productive, as defined by those whose (in)actions are being protested? Civil disobedience should follow Robert's Rules? Et tu, Vermont?

Kudos to you, Taylor, and to the young people who demonstrated courage, and to Brian Cina and Zach Ralph who visibly supported our collective right to free speech.

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Posted by Oleander on 05/16/2019 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Burlington Councilors Press del Pozo on Police Use of Force

"Weinberger didnt share many details Monday but proposed the city institute a 'well-designed public engagement process' that represents the entire community."

Ah, MIro being Miro.

Not much else to say. None of this is going to change until we, the people of Burlington, put our collective foot down and VOTE HIM OUT. I applaud Ali Dieng, Jack Hanson, Brian Pine and Max Tracy for leading the questioning (though I wonder what happened to the resolution they were going to propose regarding use-of-force; did that happen?) -- but I have no doubt they'll be stonewalled by the Mayor and the rest of the Council, led by Joan Shannon who "thanked Mayor Miro Weinberger for his proposal to repair the broken trust between police and the community." Nothing to see here, folks, everything's solved because the Mayor is going to make some vague, toothless proposal at a later date and we should all be grateful for how much he cares.

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Posted by Oleander on 05/14/2019 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Violence Caught on Camera Leads to Brutality Claims Against Burlington Cops

Gotta love this statement from Miro, as reported in a related VT Digger article (https://vtdigger.org/2019/05/06/burlington…

"I am confident that a Council review will find both numerous areas where we have implemented innovations and reforms in recent years that are among the most progressive in the country, and areas where there is additional work to be done, he said. I look forward to working with the Council, police department, and community to ensure that our policing policies, practices, and oversight reflect the values of our City."

Way to go, Mr. Mayor. You've perfectly illustrated your complete lack of concern for your actual constituents. Politician first, human being second.

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Posted by Oleander on 05/09/2019 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

This photo is truly heartbreaking.

And no, Dan Gilligan, Kilburn's injuries and subsequent death are NOT a "sad but unfortunate consequence of Kilburn's own conduct." Given the lengths to which Miro and del Pozo are going to shape the narrative and influence opinion, it seems fairly certain that body cam footage will show that Kilburn did nothing to warrant being that seriously battered in the face.

Deepest condolences to his sister and the rest of the family. So tragic.

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Posted by Oleander on 04/25/2019 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Hole in the Mall: It's a 'Precarious Moment' for Burlington's CityPlace Project

Seems like this space would be perfect for a permanent farmers' market.

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Posted by Oleander on 11/08/2018 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Uprooted: Burlington Farmers Market Seeks a New Home

How utterly shocking that it's more important for the Mayor to ram through a redesign that will not only kill City Hall Park's soul, but also a vibrant farmers' market that benefits everyone. And what for? Gentrification at all costs, I guess.

We have to vote this guy out, decisively, next time he's up for re-election.

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Posted by Oleander on 11/01/2018 at 1:06 PM

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